£500,000,000 extra paid by UK rail…

by

passengers for their journeys!

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Passenger Focus research report

(Click to download a copy from the Passenger Focus website.)


Yesterday in Parliament

11 March 2009
Railways: Fares

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is of the cost to the public purse of bringing UK rail commuter fares into line with those in other European countries; on what basis he arrived at that estimate; and if he will make a statement. [261885]

Paul Clark [holding answer 9 March 2009]: The latest estimate was outlined at the Transport Select Committee by my noble Friend, the Minister of State for Transport (Lord Adonis) on 25 February. We believe lowering fares to the average levels on the continent, as estimated by Passenger Focus, would cost a minimum of £500 million. The Government have no data independent of Passenger Focus on which to undertake modelling.

Source: Hansard

So DfT have done no modelling on:

  • how many extra rail journeys would there be if rail passengers enjoyed the lower ticket costs which would result from UK rail fares being calculated on the same basis as in mainland Europe;
  • what extra revenue would be earned from the additional rail journeys;
  • what the savings would be in terms of reduced demand for new infrastructure to support journeys by private motor transport;
  • what the indirect cost savings would be – less pollution (impact on health), accidents, congestion
  • how much of the financial costs attributed to rail journeys are due to the costs of the capital (as opposed to revenue) tied up in the railway infrastructure – a costs which is not attributed to road users.

Ot if DfT have done the modelling that are certainly not telling anybody outside the Department.

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